There are some great, feature-packed mobile phones available for purchase under Rs.40,000 right now. In today’s comparison, we will take a look at four handsets that vye for your attention in the Rs.30,000 to Rs.40,000 price range. The handsets that we are going to be comparing today are the Honor View 10 from Huawei, the Mi Mix 2 from Xiaomi, the Galaxy A8 2018 from Samsung, and the iPhone 6 Plus from Apple. As you might be already aware, the iPhone 6 Plus is the oldest handset in this list – having being announced back in September 2014. Only one handset from this list – the Galaxy A8 – is yet to be launched in India. The other three handsets are all available for purchase from across various channels – online and offline- in the country. Let us now quickly compare the specs of these four handsets and see how they match up, shall we?
Honor View 10 vs Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Design, Display
The Honor View 10 in case you are not aware, is the newest flagship handset from Huawei’s sub-brand Honor. Launched late last year, the handset succeeds the likes of the Honor 8 and the Honor 8 Pro. The Honor View 10 features an aluminium body and gets toughened glass coating on the front. The display on the device measures 5.99-inches across and is of the LTPS IPS LCD type. Going with the current trend, the display also happens to feature a resolution on 1080 x 2160 pixels with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Next, we have the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 which is arguably the best-looking handset of this lot. The Mi Mix 2 is a successor to the original Mi Mix from 2016 and features an edgeless display. The Mi Mix 2 also gets an aluminium frame, ceramic back and a glass front with Gorilla Glass 4 coating. The display measures 5,99 inches across and is in the 18:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 was launched alongside its larger sibling, the Galaxy A8 Plus. Unlike the larger sibling, the A8 is yet to be officially launched in India. The phone features an aluminium frame and toughened front glass. Being a Samsung, it was obvious that it would feature a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED panel. This display boasts of a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and uses an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
The iPhone 6 Plus, being a relic from 2014 is the only phone in this comparison to feature a ‘normal’ 16:9 aspect ratio display. The display itself measures 5.5-inches across and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is of the LED-backlit, IPS LCD type and also gets an oleophobic coating. The iPhone 6 Plus gets an aluminium body and a glass-clad front fascia.
Honor View 10 vs Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Hardware, Software
Let us now take a closer look at the hardware and software specs of these devices.
The Honor View 10 is one of the newest handsets if this lot and features Huawei’s own Kirin 970 chipset, the newest from the company. This SoC houses an octa core processor with the powerful Mali-G72 MP12 GPU for graphics. The View 10 is offered in a single 128GB/6GB RAM version in India. The phone also happens to support dual SIM cards and is the first smartphone to support Dual VoLTE networks. You can, therefore, use two Jio SIM cards on the same phone with this. The large 3750 mAh battery also supports fast charging. The Honor View 10 runs EMUI 8,0 atop an Android 8.0 Oreo core.
The Mi Mix 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, which is by far the fastest SoC available for Android devices. The handset is also offered in a single 6GB +128GB version in India and supports dual SIM cards. Unlike the View 10, the Mi Mix 2 does not feature a microSD card. The handset runs Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9 atop an Android 7.1.1 core.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 finds itself powered by Samsung’s mid-range Exynos 7885 chip that houses an octa core processor. The phone is offered in two versions – a 4GB/32GB version and a 4GB/64GB variant. For graphics, the handset uses the Mali G71 GPU. Powering the phone is a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat at launch.
The iPhone 6 Plus uses Apple’s A8 SoC that houses a dual core 1.4 GHz processor and gets 1GB of RAM. The phone is currently only available in the 16GB version in India. The phone gets a 2915 mAh battery as well. At launch, the iPhone 6 Plus ran iOS 8 and has since then been updated to iOS 11.
Honor View 10 vs Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Camera and imaging
The Honor View 10 gets a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 16-megapixel f/1.8 camera and a 20-megapixel secondary shooter with support for phase detection autofocus. The rear camera can capture 4K videos at 30fps as well.The front camera setup uses a 13-megapixel f/2.0 lens and can capture full HD videos.
The Mi Mix 2 gets a single 12-megapixel shooter at the rear as the primary camera. This lens gets an aperture value of f/2.0 and supports phase detection autofocus as well as 4-axis OIS. For low light situations, it also supports dual-LED dual-tone flash. The rear camera can also capture 4K videos at 30fps. The front camera on the Mi Mix 2 can take 5-megapixel images and can record full HD video.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) gets a 16-megapixel, f/1.7 lens at the rear and supports phase detection autofocus as well. The phone also supports full HD video recording at 30fps. The front camera setup happens to be a dual camera affair consisting of a 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel unit that also supports full HD video recording.
The iPhone 6 Plus gets an 8-megapixel camera at the rear with f/2.2 aperture. The camera supports phase detection autofocus as well as OIS and dual LED flash. The main camera also records full HD videos at 60fps. At the front, the phone gets a 1.2-megapixel camera with support for 720p videos at 30fps.
Honor View 10 vs Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Price in India, verdict
Let us now check out the current prices of these handsets in India. Since the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) has not been released in India at the time of publishing, we will omit the handset from this list.
- The Honor View 10 has been priced at Rs.29,999 for the lone 6GB/128GB version in India.
- The Mi Mix 2 has been priced at Rs.32,999 for the 6GB/128GB version in India.
- The 16GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus does not make any sense at all at an astronomical price of around Rs.40,000 in India.
Going by the specs and the pricing, the Honor View 10 is our clear winner. However, those who are sold on the looks of the Mi Mix 2, the extra money you pay might still be worth it.